Websrch.net Hijacker - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
 

Websrch.net is a website developed by AirFind Corp, which specialises in monetising content, customising and optimising customer experience. However, this time the tool delivered by the company has crossed the line regarding legitimacy.

There is a dedicated browser extension to this website and those two assets as a whole are considered to be a browser hijacker. When installed on a computer, this browser extension will make changes to the settings of browser hijacker without even asking you for permission. Those changes can’t be considered as useful or wanted and that’s why you should not keep it installed. In case Websrch.net virus is on your computer and you have no idea how to get rid of it, please continue reading the article and we will provide you with the information needed to solve this problem.

Websrch.net hijacker virus remove

First of all, let’s talk about where it came from. 9 times out of 10 infections like this (browser hijackers) find the way to enter the computer as a bundle. Usually a piece of malware comes as an addition to some kind of free software. During the installation of such software, you will be asked to add some additional tools that would enhance your web browsing. The problem is that benefits of such additional tools are not really specified and they get silent about additional features that you might not like. In addition to that, installation of such bundled goods is set to be default, so unless you unselect such option during the installation, it will end up on your computer.

A lot of users gets confused when such an add-on comes out of the blue and makes a mess on a web browser, but the fact is that they accepted these changes themselves by recklessly running through the installation process. Once it is of your web browsers, the consequences will be pretty obvious. Both homepage and default search engine options will be set to websrch.net. That means this website will be a very first thing you see on a web browser when you open it. It is a pretty common trait to all browser hijackers, as Search.search-settings.comSearch.hinstantnewsnow.co and numerous other infections of this kind sets unique homepage.

Settings on web browsers are changed in order to build some traffic and monetise it. For instance, Websrch.net homepage looks like a regular search engine, so owners of infected computers are likely to use it for web searches. Then you submit a search to websrch.net, it will be processed through a custom Google search so results will be different and not so accurate. First 4 or 5 search results are likely to be links to affiliated websites that are not even relevant to your search query. This is how AirFind Corp is ‘monetising content and interacting with users”.

Basically this hijacker virus serves as a tool of advertising network. Website owners pay the money to AirFind Corp so they would drive potential customers to their websites. On their side, AirFind create and distribute products like Websrch.net to meet the expectations of their clients. So the only thing you can expect of this infection – corrupted search results, random redirects and additional advertisements leading to websites of questionable reputation.

Websrch.net operates on a two different levels – it is installed on your computer and web browser (or several of them). That means to effectively eliminate this virus you have to remove it from both places. While removing such malware from a web browser is rather easy, you can face some difficulties when it comes to removing the virus from a computer. That being said, we suggest you to get some help from a decent anti-malware program, such as Reimage or SpyHunter. Download either one of them and scan your computer – the virus will be the thing of the past in minutes. For further removal instructions please take a look at step-by-step Websrch.net virus removal guide displayed below.



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Manually remove Websrch.net hijacker

How to remove Websrch.net hijacker using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Websrch.net hijacker install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Websrch.net hijacker .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Websrch.net hijacker from your browsers

  Top How To remove Websrch.net hijacker from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Websrch.net hijacker, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Websrch.net hijacker from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Websrch.net hijacker related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Websrch.net hijacker, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Websrch.net hijacker virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Websrch.net hijacker virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Websrch.net hijacker from the list.

How to remove Websrch.net hijacker from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Websrch.net hijacker and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Websrch.net hijacker, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Websrch.net hijacker from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Websrch.net hijacker should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Websrch.net hijacker from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Websrch.net hijacker and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Websrch.net hijacker, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Websrch.net hijacker, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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About the author

 - Malware researcher

Continuous ads and struggles to browser the Internet due to web-based malware is what really grinds my gears. That’s why my main goal is to fight against malware like adware or web hijackers and provide our readers with efficient solutions in this particular field. Keeping up to date with newest trends in cyber security world is a must nowadays and thus my interest goes way beyond malware infections – IoT security, international cyber wars and hacking outbreaks are under my radar as well.

 
September 13, 2017 02:36, September 13, 2017 02:36
 
   
 

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